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Stockholm, SwedenNiki & the Dove — “DJ, Ease My Mind” MV
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Niki & the Dove -- "DJ, Ease My Mind" MV

It's hard to believe that Niki & the Dove's "DJ, Ease My Mind" is not a brand-new song, cause its soaring dance pop makes me feel like it's my very first time, every time. And it's even harder to...
Romagna, ItalyLullaby Folk Pop from Italy’s Amycanbe
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Lullaby Folk Pop from Italy's Amycanbe

December 16, 2011
Amycanbe hails from the beautiful coastal region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy -- home to palaces, cobblestones, and cascading cliffs that drop onto white sands. Yet their music, which spans two albums and half a decade, is spawned from urban melancholy, as...
Stockholm, SwedenSuper-Duo Serenades’ Shiny Swedish Pop
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Super-Duo Serenades’ Shiny Swedish Pop

Now we know a little bit more about The Serenades than we did back in April, when we blogged about their first single "Birds" and the mysterious involvement of Adam Olenius of the Shout Out Louds. Details have been revealed, and they're promising....
Best Beginnings: 2011 in 20 Debut Albums
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Best Beginnings: 2011 in 20 Debut Albums

2011 was a year of momentous musical debuts. Some of them (Hack, cough, Odd Future) we're all a little sick of hearing about. But there were even more that flew under the radar while still making an impact. We made this list of the most exciting...
Kyoto, JapanAnarchy in Kyoto
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Anarchy in Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan -- known for its shrines and breathtaking scenery --  harbors a few secrets. Behind the tourist traps lie standard urban problems: poverty, broken homes, alcoholism, and emotional pain. And Anarchy is leaking them all. Anarchy hails from...
Coolest Non-English Tracks of 2011
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Coolest Non-English Tracks of 2011

Yes, it's the language that I'm writing in. But I'm over it. Music lovers around the world must be agreeing with me, because from our view at MTV Iggy, 2011 marked a clear move beyond the English-language domination of pop music. As our 2011 Best...
Tehran, IranYAS: Persian Rap Royalty
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YAS: Persian Rap Royalty

Rapper YAS is Iran's Persian hip hop laureate. A disciple of Tupac and Rumi, YAS uses poetic imagery delivered through an impassioned, at times ferocious, flow to communicate uplifting rhymes about his culture and people. The 29-year-old Tehran native...
Genoa, ItalyBASTA! Zero Plastica Raps for the 99%
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BASTA! Zero Plastica Raps for the 99%

Long before Occupy Wall Street, Italian rappers Zero Plastica gave voice to the plight of the 99% -- the messed up economy, political chicanery, organized crime, lack of opportunity and overwhelming odds stacked against regular people. DJ Nio, Lure, and...